Baby Brother Tender Love

Name: Baby Brother Tender Love

Made by and When: Mattel, 1975

Material: Soft vinyl

Marks: ©1972 MATTEL, INC. (on the head); ©1975 MATTEL INC. USA (on upper back)

Height: 13 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Rooted wavy brown hair, painted brown eyes, open mouth with a visible drinking tube

Clothes: White, aqua, and yellow striped knit T-shirt; blue cotton shorts

Other: Part of the Tender Love doll line of soft-bodied dolls, Baby Brother Tender Love, style No. 9549, is one of Mattel’s first anatomically-correct drink-and-wet male dolls. The front of the box indicates “It’s a boy—a real boy!” A note to parents on the back of the box reads:

Dear Parents,

We are proud to announce: this doll is anatomically correct.

Accessories include a feeding bottle, an instruction sheet on how to feed, how to make the doll “wet,” and how to bathe. Also included are an “It’s a Boy!” announcement and a 90-day limited warranty.

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